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Friday 20 May 2022
Metaverse concepts boost demand for IC packaging equipment, says K&S executive
Along with emerging metaverse concepts, there is growing demand for equipment for package IC and HPC (high-performance computing) chips, as well as bonding mini/microLED chips, according to executive vice president Chong Chan-pin for Singapore-based semiconductor packaging equipment supplier Kulicke & Soffa Industries (K&S).
Friday 20 May 2022
IC test solutions providers see orders for HPC chips boom
IC test solutions providers including Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT), MPI and WinWay Technology have seen a strong influx of probe card and final-test socket orders for HPC processors, which will boost their revenues starting June, according to industry sources.
Friday 20 May 2022
TSMC downplays Singapore fab report
TSMC has downplayed a media report about it intention to build a wafer fab in Singapore, saying there is no specific plans at the moment.
Friday 20 May 2022
TSMC to move CoWoS-L technology to commercial production in 2 years
TSMC's CoWoS-L is the latest CoWoS process variant, and is expected to kick off commercial production in 2023-2024, according to industry sources. The offering is designed to target AI-specific training chips.
Thursday 19 May 2022
TI breaks ground on 300mm wafer fabs in Texas
Texas Instruments (TI) has disclosed it has broken ground on its new 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication plants in Sherman, Texas.
Thursday 19 May 2022
The rise of top 10 IC design companies in China
China, the world's leading consumer of semiconductors, is undergoing a third semiconductor shift in tandem with the development of 5G, consumer electronics, and AI. Owing to the shift of the semiconductor industry – growing downstream demand, and strong support from the government, China's IC design industry has grown rapidly in recent years.
Thursday 19 May 2022
Vedanta-Foxconn chip project location still under negotiation
Amid the competition to woo fab investments between India's local governments, the discussion between the Vedanta-Foxconn JV with the Karnataka government, currently the leading state in attracting semiconductor investments, is hitting a roadblock over incentives, according to a media report from India. Foxconn said the chip project location is still under negotiation.
Thursday 19 May 2022
Renesas to reopen Kofu factory as 300mm wafer fab dedicated for power semiconductors
Renesas Electronics has announced plans to reopen its Kofu factory located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture as a 300mm wafer fab capable of manufacturing power semiconductors. The facility was closed in October 2014.
Thursday 19 May 2022
Six-inch fab capacity to stay full utilized through 3Q22
Six-inch IC foundries, such as Mosel Vitelic and Nuvoton Technology, continue to run their fabs at full capacity utilization despite a recent slowdown in orders for LCD driver chips and other consumer ICs, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 18 May 2022
SMIC, Hua Hong show mixed business outlook for 2Q22
China's top foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) has estimated the Shanghai lockdown could reduce its production by 5% in the second quarter, while another major foundry Hua Hong Semiconductor has expressed optimism about second-quarter revenue gains.
Wednesday 18 May 2022
DNeX and Foxconn subsidiary to build and operate 12-inch wafer fab plant in Malaysia
Dagang NeXchange Berhad (DNeX) and Big Innovation Holdings (BIH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn), plan to set up a joint venture company to build and operate a new 12-inch wafer fabrication plant in Malaysia.
Wednesday 18 May 2022
Equipment maker All Ring lands significant orders for advanced packaging
Fab toolmaker All Ring Tech has landed significant orders from chipmakers, such as TSMC and ASE Technology, which have stepped up their advanced packaging capacity expansions, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 18 May 2022
IPC makers start inventory adjustments
Taiwan-based industrial PC makers have moved to adjust their inventory levels amid the easing of chip and component shortages, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 17 May 2022
Capacity expansions at ABF substrate suppliers to buoy Ofuna revenue
Ofuna Technology has enjoyed a strong pull-in of orders from ABF substrate suppliers looking to carry out their capacity expansion projects, according to the Taiwan-based company specializing in mechanical drilling services and metal cutting equipment.
Monday 16 May 2022
Semiconductor shortage to ease for wireless communications, says research firm
Wireless telecommunications has escaped the worst effects of the semiconductor shortage, and that semiconductors for cellular infrastructure equipment will continue to dodge significant shortages going forward. In addition, availability of chips for Wi-Fi access points and cellular phones will continue to improve through 2023, Strategy Analytics said in its recent report.
Monday 16 May 2022
Taiwan OSATs embracing more car, industrial IC orders from IDMs
International IDMs including Infineon and STMicroelectronics continue stepping up production of automotive, industrial control and networking chips to meet ever-rising demand, outsourcing more backend operations for such chip solutions to partners in Taiwan, according to industry sources.
Monday 16 May 2022
SMIC no longer discloses revenue by process nodes
China-based pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has reported first-quater 2022 sales, but omitted a revenue breakdown by manufacturing process nodes as it had usually disclosed previously.
Monday 16 May 2022
Novatek, Realtek eyeing more foundry capacity for non-consumer chips
Taiwan's first-tier IC design houses Novatek Microelectronics and Realtek Semiconductor are seeking more capacity support from foundry partners TSMC and UMC to fulfill new orders from new clients that are bolstering their growth despite a decline in demand for consumer chips, according to industry sources.
Monday 16 May 2022
The memory industry (6): When line between memory and logic IC becomes blurred
In 1984, Intel decided to exit the DRAM business, which marked the start of technology diversion between memories and logic IC. In hindsight, Intel's decision made sense. Memories and logic IC are very different in terms of design, manufacturing processes, equipment deployment, and market characteristics. It is common sense that a company should focus on pursuing excellence in one specific direction.
Monday 16 May 2022
India roundup: Vedanta looking for chip customers
Optimistic about getting approval under India's chip incentive scheme, Vedanta has started to find customers before building its chip plant, while Ather Energy, one of the few electric two-wheeler vendors not caught in recent fire incidents in India, has received India's government funding.
Friday 13 May 2022
Europe strives to restore chip supply leadership
The global semiconductor shortages have surfaced as early as 2019 when the US government imposed a ban on Huawei's products. The COVID-19 pandemic starting in 2020 exacerbated the problem as manufacturers have to suspend operations now and then during the peaks of infections.
Friday 13 May 2022
Vedanta looking for chip customers in advance
Even though the Indian government has yet to announce the final list eligible for the US$10 billion incentive scheme for the semiconductor and display fabs, applicants have started looking for customers.
Friday 13 May 2022
GTA steps up purchases of China homegrown fab tools
Shanghai-based analog chips foundry GTA Semiconductor has stepped up purchases from Naura Technology, ACM Research and other China-based semiconductor equipment makers to carry out its second-phase investment project in Lingang Special Area in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.
Friday 13 May 2022
The memory industy (5): Looking for a new biz model that can create new value
When the memory industry can no longer leverage Moore's Law to create new value, it has to find new technologies to establish a new business model that can create new economic value.
Friday 13 May 2022
PWM IC firm uPI posts profit surge in 1Q22
Taiwan-based uPI Semiconductor, an Asustek Computer affiliate specializing in power management ICs, saw its net profits surge 135% on year to NT$401 million (US$13.4 million) in the first quarter of 2022. EPS for the quarter came to NT$5.20.